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[ft-l] Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail -

>    South Florida Water Management District
>    http://www.sfwmd.gov
>    Just the Facts, Please - Encouraging a greater understanding of the
various issues related to managing water in south Florida
>    November 26, 2002
> The Florida Department of Transportation will build a scenic recreational
trail on the existing perimeter dike around Lake Okeechobee for public
> use.
>    The paved 64.5-mile trail will be eleven feet wide with a two-foot
grassed area on one side and a three-foot grassed area on the other.
>    It  will occupy 110 acres of land.
>    The northern segment (about 28 miles) begins north of the Port Mayaca
Lock (S308) and ends at Okeetantee Park, just north of
>    the mouth of the Kissimmee River. Construction of this $4.6 million
segment is scheduled to begin in March, 2003 and take one-year
>    to complete.
>    The southern segment (about 38 miles) begins near the S-77 Lock at
Moore Haven (Alvin Ward Park) and ends at
>     the West Palm Beach Canal (L-10 Canal) at Canal Point. This $7.4
million project is expected to start in August, 2003 and
>     take 600 days to finish.
>    Construction of a third segment of about 45 miles along the northwest
rim of the lake will be considered later when funds become available.
>    Uses will be limited to hiking, bicycling and rollerblading. No
motorized vehicles will be allowed. Equestrians will be allowed to travel
>    around the lake, utilizing the toe of the dike below the trail on the
lake side.
>    Counties and municipalities will be able to add trailheads and picnic
facilities to areas within their jurisdictions.
>    Existing access points on both northern and southern segments will be
>    No significant individual or cumulative adverse impacts on wetlands or
other water resources are expected.
>    All lands needed for construction are available for the project, as
they are under easement granted to
>    the South Florida Water Management District or the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers or
>    have been conveyed to Florida or the federal government.
> ///////////////////////
> Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
> http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/lakeotrail/
> Wildlife Viewing Site - Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
> http://www.floridaconservation.org/viewing/sites/site81.html
> Designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail in 1993, ...
> http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/recreation/ images/brochures/lostbro.pdf
> Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail map [File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat]
> http:// www.saj.usace.army.mil/recreation/ images/maps/lostmap.pdf
> Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail Information
> The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. Quarterly Update April 2002. Vol. ...
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) began as the Okeechobee
> Segment of the Florida Trail. ...
> http://www.gladesonline.com/LOST.htm
> Lake Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades County, Florida
> ... The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail is part of the Florida National
Scenic Trail.
> There are 110 miles of trails for hikers and bicyclists around the lake.
> http://members.aol.com/browne/ecotour.html
> Cooperation Moves Okeechobee Scenic Trail Forward
> ... numerous local counties and municipalities, final plans for
implementing the construction
> of the Florida National Scenic Trail - Lake Okeechobee Segment (LOST ...
> http://www.floridabicycle.org/messenger/99winokee.html